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Director, TRiO Programs

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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Director, TRiO Programs
Faculty Rank: Project Director
Posting Number: SR0170312
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the associate vice president for engagement, the director is responsible for administration, implementation, and continuation of the U. S. Department of Education funded TRiO (e.g., Upward Bound and Talent Search) projects. These unique programs are dedicated to encouraging and preparing low-income and potential first-generation students to pursue a college education.
Position Summary:
Maintain the efficient and effective operations of the unit and facilities. Complete all departmental administrative requirements related to managing financial and human resources of the unit, including facilities and operations.
Develop and oversee implementation of a marketing/communications plan for Upward Bound/Talent Search. Provide oversight and guidance for marketing strategies for unit programs.
Collaborate with university and administrative units as well as with key stakeholders at participating school divisions. Secure new sources of internal and external funding.
Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and university policies.
Maintain an organizational structure and staffing to effectively and appropriately accomplish goals and objectives; oversee recruitment, training, supervision, professional development, and evaluation of assigned personnel. This position supervises assistant directors associated with TRiO programs as well as full- and part-time administrative support personnel.

Core Responsibilities:
Ensure compliance with federal and university guidelines and regulations.
Develop, write, submit, and implement proposals for grants’ continuation. Identify additional external resources to support program goals and objectives.
Develop and administer program budgets. Ensure compliance with federal, state, and university policies, processes, and standards.
Oversee the successful delivery of activities associated with Upward Bound and Talent Search programs (e.g., educational, cultural, and social experiences).
Recruit, select, train, and supervise program faculty and staff.
Develop and/or arrange faculty/staff development opportunities.
Manage the daily operations of the Upward Bound/Talent Search office.
Facilitate communication plan and public relations activities.
Insure that all identified services are provided to program participants.
Complete year-end annual performance reports for the U. S. Department of Education and Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, oversee program evaluation processes, and conduct impact assessments.

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Education, Educational Administration, Counseling, Social work, or a related field.
Significant experience which includes program administration and some combination of counseling, public relations, service delivery, or research with a demonstrated ability and success in developing and implementing college preparation programs.
Demonstrated ability to write grants/proposals and evidence of successful funding.
Strong management and organization skills combined with superior communication skills.
Ability to interact effectively with university and middle/high school personnel as well as federal funding agency.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience with the U.S. Department of Education and federal TRIO programs.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Applicants must complete the online faculty application at Submit a cover letter, resume and a list of three references as attachments to that application. For full consideration, candidates are encouraged to apply by the review date of August 21, 2017.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: Up to $80,000 (Budget Maximum)
Department: TRiO
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: As specified by department
Job Posting Date: 07/28/2017
Review Begin Date: 08/21/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Reference #1
  2. Letter of Reference #2
  3. Letter of Reference #3
  4. Other Doc